That statement sums up my passion for working with glass. It's a passion that emerged when as a young boy, I experimented with putting pieces of glass in my family’s fire pit. It was always a surprise the next morning to see what emerged from the ashes.
The combination of elements - heat, glass and oxygen - attracts me today. It's an organic way of working. A piece is always changing and what might appear at first as a mistake morphs into something else. Glass has a life of its own. I add my skill, my vision - blowing life into a piece.
My more formal education in glassblowing started at age 13 when I began attending workshops and lessons at Firebrand Glass, under the leadership of Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. For the past few years, I've been studying under Barry Fairbairn at Double-Struggle Glass Studio.
I continue to learn the discipline and craftsmanship of glass, creating pieces for purpose, for beauty.